Public Schools to Remain Closed Through April 30

Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin testifies during Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development meeting. (V.I. Leguslature photo)
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin testifies during a Senate Committee (V.I. Leguslature photo)

All public schools will remain closed through April 30, according to a press release from Virgin Islands Department of Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin.

The move is in line with the extension of Gov. Albert Bryan’s stay-at-home order, which remains in effect through April 30, in order to slow the local spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In a series of radio appearances on April 6, Berry-Benjamin further informed students that they are required to snap photos of their completed assignment packets and submit those photos to their teachers on or before April 24. She said this is the most practical way to minimize spread of the coronavirus by having students submit electronic copies of their work and not hardcopies.

A final update on the status of schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, which is expected to end on June 4, will be issued later this month, said the commissioner.

For more information, contact the V.I. Department of Education at 774-0100 on St. Thomas or 773-1095 on St. Croix, or send email to [email protected].